Comte Ludovic Napoléon LEPIC
Ludovic Napoléon Lepic (1839-1889) was born, raised, and lived most of his life in a wealthy family of nobility in Paris. He began studies in law but quickly became interested in the arts. Friends with Bazille and Monet, he was introduced to many of the Impressionist, and a long-lasting friendship with Degas was to come of this. Rich, worldly, curious of mind, and well-traveled, Lepic was interested in archaeology, and founded the municipal museum of Aix-les-Bains in 1872, of which he was the first curator. He also participated as an informed amateur in the excavations of Pompeii, hiked in Egypt, and had long stays in England. While many of his contemporaries thought little of Lepic as a painter, his etcher friends, like Degas, Desboutin, Guérard and Manet had an influence on him as a printmaker, and respected this part of his oeuvre. His broad personal interests are reflected in the multitude of subjects in his etchings. Landscapes and animals are recurring themes, but a certain diversity of topics is also part of what can be remembered about Lepic.